Basketball 'Weekly Blast' for Dec. 5


Please ensure to circulate the information in these “Weekly Blasts” throughout the season in an effort to regularly address the issues observed during GHSA games.

SHOT CLOCK – NOTE: If the shot clock malfunctions, or is deemed inoperable, the host school must have a “back-up” timing device and an operator to start a countdown @ 10-seconds of the possession.  Failure to have a back-up device shall warrant the technical foul protocol. NOTE: if a single technical foul is called then the inbounding team will have a 35 second reset after the free throws. Also a full reset of 35 is given to the inbounding team after a kicked ball either in the front or back court.

Any additional questions concerning the Shot Clock please contact Andy Cowart, GHSA Basketball Rules Liaison (

SPORTSMANSHIP – The fact that we continue to make this a “Point of Emphasis” is due to the fact that unsporting behavior is out of control  Coaches must understand, if you are not able to control the behavior of your players, and yourself in many cases, you leave no other option than for the officials to control it.

“Game Reports” for ejections a due into the MIS System within 24-hours of the incident, and must have the guilty party’s name included in the report.

This policy was implemented on November 6:  Effective immediately and throughout the season, the host site Game Administrator and Resource Officer/Security Officer will be required to attend the pre-game Coaches meeting with the game officials at the 3-minute mark prior to the start of the game(s). For schools that do not employ Resource or Security Officers for home games, the responsibility of host school game administration falls completely on the shoulders of the on-site Game Manager.

  • During a fight, or potential fight, it is the responsibility of the coaches to control players and it is the responsibility of Game Administration to control spectator behavior.  Any bench player that enters the court shall be ejected and adhere to the penalties of the ejections.

PHYSICAL PLAY – Games that have been observed by GHSA Evaluators early this season report that the games have far too much illegal physicality. When officials allow rough play, holding cutters away from the ball, illegal contact on the ball handler, displacement during rebounding, chesting up/taunting, and pushing the game escalates into a problem. Officials need to clean up these issues early to prevent a bigger problem later in the game.

UNIFORM JERSEYS – Rule 3-4-1 c. clearly states the torso of the jersey for the “home” team shall be white and a contrasting color for the visiting team. Any deviation of this shall result in an administrative technical foul to the guilty team, without prior approval from the GHSA Office.

MAXPREPS – Remember schools are required to submit game schedules and game results on MaxPreps.  Rosters and statistics are requested.

MEDIA TIMEOUTS – We will continue the weekly “Media Timeouts” on Wednesdays throughout the season on the GHSA website.

Good Fortune!

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